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Looking for something to do? Add these Cincinnati Black events to your calendar.

Black Cincinnatians can routinely and affordably enjoy the performing arts, fine arts, entertainers, religious services, professional development training and programs initiatives that help us improve our physical and mental health. We are also very fortunate that nationally-known African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.

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When purchasing your tickets, be sure to ask about any special deals, discount options, community performances or same-day options. The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting. If there are events we have missed, please submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar.


Check out our featured events!

Adult Prom CincyAdult Prom Cincy: World Party Edition
American Sign Museum
April 27

This experience caters to those that are craving to relive the excitement of their high school prom or experience for the first time. Guests will enjoy live music from Natural Progression, DJ Master Fresh and 100.3’s own DJ Vader. Tickets start at $55. Click the link for a discount code. 


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Music of Whitney Houston CincinnatiMusic of Whitney Houston
Cincinnati Music Hall
April 23

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Conductor John Morris Russell present The Music of Whitney Houston. Click the link for more information.


2019 NABJ Conference2019 National Association of Black Journalist Conference
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
April 26 – 28

NABJ in the NATI: Surviving and Thriving, presented by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of NABJ, will feature a variety of sessions and workshops with presenters from NBC News, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Ida B Wells Investigative Reporting Society, Google, Soledad O’Brien and more. Tickets are $15 – $50. Check out the event schedule when purchasing your ticket. 


2019 Business Excellence Awards Gala2019 Business Excellence Awards
Duke Energy Center
May 3

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is the keynote speaker for this annual major fundraiser for Collective Empowerment Group to recognize local businesses. Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased online. 



Funny As Ish Cincinnati Comedy Show

Funny As Ish Comedy Tour
U.S. Bank Arena
May 3

Warning! Do not wear clothes that are too tight because you may just burst out at the seams! Mike Epps, Ricky Smiley, Sommore, DC Young Fly, and Lavell Crawford will be hitting the stage at U.S. Bank Arena for the Funny As Ish Cincinnati Comedy Show. Tickets prices range from $56 – $129. Click the link for information about discounted tickets.


Queen City Derby PartyQueen City Derby Party
Jack Casino
May 4

This unique spectacle that brings together a diverse mix of patrons who wish to enjoy a festive and vibrant take on the traditions of the race. The night will be filled with food, entertainment, freebies, and more. Tickets are $45 – $160. Must be 21 or older to enter. Come dressed to impress. 


2nd Annual SneakerBallCincinnati SneakerBall
Cincinnati Museum Center – Union Terminal
May 10

Grab your favorite pair of sneaks and pair them with your black tie attire! Tickets for this event are $60 – $75. Each ticket includes complimentary drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres throughout the night.



Damien Escobar ConcertDamien Escobar Cincinnati
May 10

World-renowned violinist, author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Damien Escobar is bringing his tour to Cincinnati. Tickets prices range between $37.50 – $99.50. Bogart’s is standing room only so wear comfortable shoes. 


Cincinnati Music Festival
Paul Brown Stadium
July 25 – 27

Mary J. Blige and Maxwell have just been announced as the headliners. Tamia, Earth Wind and Fire, Kid Capri and more will be hitting the stage. Tickets are not on sale yet but will be in early 2019.  Click the link for more information.


Porgy and Bess OperaPorgy and Bess Cincinnati
Music Hall
July 27 & 28

For only the second time ever, Cincinnati Opera will present the Gershwins’ great American opera love story Porgy and Bess. Click the link for more information.


Carlos Santana CincinnatiCarlos Santana Supernatural Tour
Riverbend Music Center
August 10

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana has announced he will hit the road with his band across North America this summer for the Supernatural Now tour featuring the Doobie Brothers. Ticket prices range between $32.75 – $346.50 and discounts are available. Click the link for more information.


Gladys Knight CincinnatiGladys Knight Concert
Taft Theatre
September 13

This seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Ticket prices for this concert range from $39.50 – $75.50.


Renée Elise Goldsberry Cincinnati PopsCincinnati Pops featuring Renee Elise Goldsberry
Music Hall
September 13 – 15

Broadway’s original “Angelica Schuyler,” Tony and Grammy-winning star of Hamilton Renée Elise Goldsberry joins John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops for the Orchestra’s for an array of Broadway hits, pop and soul classics, and original songs set to the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou. Tickets are $25 and up.


Keb’ Mo’ Concert
Memorial Hall
September 15

It all took off for Keb’ Mo’ in 1994 with the self-titled release under his newly coined Keb’ Mo’ moniker, and over the years, he has proven that he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels. Ticket prices for this event range from $40 – $75.


The Lion King Broadway Musical
Aronoff Center
January 8 – February 2 (2020)

Giraffes strut.  Birds swoop.  Gazelles leap.  The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before.  And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. Tickets for Disney’s The Lion King performance will be available soon.


Cincinnati Pops Gershwin's RhapsodyCincinnati Pops Presents Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Music Hall
January 31 – February 2

Celebrated jazz pianist Marcus Roberts makes his Cincinnati Pops debut with John Morris Russell conducting a new take on Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with a jazz combo. The program also includes such Gershwin classics as An American in Paris, the Cuban Overture and selections from Porgy and Bess. Tickets prices range from $25 – $130.


Cincinnati Pops LedisiCincinnati Pops Featuring Ledisi
Music Hall
February 18 (2020)

In her Cincinnati Pops debut, nine-time Grammy nominee Ledisi offers her “amazing vocal gift” (Rolling Stone) to honor the “High Priestess of Soul,” the late Nina Simone. John Morris Russell conducts iconic songs including “Feeling Good,” “I Put a Spell on You,” and “Young, Gifted and Black” in this one-night-only concert experience. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

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The Voice of Black Cincinnati is a media company designed to educate, recognize and create opportunities for African Americans in the region. Visit our homepage, explore other articles, subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook or text VOBC to 797979 for local news, events, job postings, scholarships and a database of local Black-owned businesses.


Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati


Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


  1. These events are great, but one other important one to add to the list is the Small Business Networking Event on Wednesday April 12th 6pm – 9pm at Full Throttle Indoor Karting. This is a great opportunity for Business owners to Promote their business, Network, Build Relationships, and participate in the Business Go-Karting Challenge. Don’t Miss Out, Get Your Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-networking-event-sponsored-by-key-spot-tickets-32464590464

  2. Another event to mention is the “HBCU Alumni Day Party Series” which kicks off April 22nd at DJs Sports Tavern from 4-9p. This series is 6 events during a period of 6 months from April to September. The objectives are 1) strengthen the network of HBCU supporters/Alumni in the Cincinnati area. 2) Build positive awareness as it relates to HBCUs. 3) To use some of the proceeds to give back by donating to the schalorship fund of a randomly selected local HBCU Alumni Association.

  3. How nice it is to have information on such a wide diversity of events for the African-American please keep publishing this.

  4. Highlighting the positive flow of black energy through our communities unleashes the music found in the soul!!
    I salute the Voice!!!

  5. I deeply appreciate this media for many reasons, the most important being that it makes a serious attempt to have communication that is relevant to me. The community of Cincinnati is not eclectic in its inclusion of the African American voice; even though we make up approximately 42 precent of the population we have very little choice as ir relates choices of media that connects to our concerns. I thank this publications creators for the refreshing change. Thank you.

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